Board president: Jefferson fair ‘huge success’
Fair board president Steve Fritchen has dubbed the 2013 Greater Jefferson County Fair a “huge success.”
Excellent weather conditions, popular grand stand attractions, a wide variety of food vendors and a carnival he characterized as “great family entertainment” all worked together to make the Greater Jefferson County Fair – which ran from June 25-July 11 – one of the best, Fritchen said.
“Everything went very well,” he said. “We had a really good night Wednesday night. Thursday night wasn’t so hot, but Friday was fantastic. We had good quad races. Saturday, we got rained out for the tractor pull, but the demolition on Sunday was also fantastic.”
Fritchen said Saturday’s rain was the only real inclement weather fair goers had to contend with. Temperatures were generally cooler this year, which took tremendous stress off the livestock, he said.
Both general attendance and gate admissions to the grandstand shows were up this year.
Adding the tough truck competition to the grandstand lineup on Wednesday night meant there was “something for everyone” that evening, a move that helped bolster attendance, Fritchen said.
While the number of 4-H exhibits entered this year was “average,” Fritchen said livestock exhibits were down slightly from past years.
“The price of grain and hay has gone up and a lot of kids just can’t afford these projects,” he said.
Fritchen said the newly constructed photo wall provided as a memorial by the Norman Atwood family was a meaningful addition to the fairgrounds.
The brick wall features the name of the fair and the year. Young people showing champion and reserve champion livestock exhibits were photographed in front of the wall.
“That was a great new addition,” Fritchen said. “It added a really nice, new touch to our fair.”
The fair board already is making plans for the Greater Jefferson County Fair 2014. It will open June 24 and will close June 30 with the livestock auction.